[Tagging] waterway=fairway?

Volker Schmidt voschix at gmail.com
Mon Jul 18 06:50:14 UTC 2016

How are nautical channels ("fairways") tagged of OpenSeaMap. I could not
find out at first glance, but they for sure must have same tags for that.

On 17 July 2016 at 19:29, Maarten Deen <mdeen at xs4all.nl> wrote:

> I'm seeing some ways tagged with waterway=fairway in the Netherlands. Some
> examples:
> https://www.openstreetmap.org/way/215071961
> https://www.openstreetmap.org/way/210382535
> https://www.openstreetmap.org/way/215071958
> These examples have all been added in
> https://www.openstreetmap.org/changeset/15581966, there are more examples
> in the changeset.
> Taginfo: http://taginfo.openstreetmap.org/tags/?key=waterway&value=fairway
> This user also added waterway=lake on unclosed ways.
> Both waterway=fairway and waterway=lake are not described in the wiki. I
> do get the idea of waterway=fairway. This user seems to have added this in
> lakes to indicate the navigatable route. Since these lakes are shallow,
> there are predeterminded routes marked by buoys. So it makes sense.
> The waterway=lake I don't get.
> What is the thought on this. Is this something to keep or should these
> routes be tagged as waterway=canal? These are not canals, so I do see the
> added value of using a different tag. Is fairway an acceptable one? Fairway
> does seem to be the english term for this feature.
> Should this be up for for vote as a proposed feature of should we just add
> it to the waterway wikipage?
> Regards,
> Maarten
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